CHAO — Beijing, China
Finally, after nearly four years of construction, Beijing hospitality group CHAO, has unveiled its newest project, an ambitious hotel, co-working and living space in the now hip neighbourhood of Sunlitun.
Germany’s gmp Architekten has given a minimalist new face to the 28-storey communist-style building using glass and concrete, with statement features like the 10m-tall outer colonnade leading towards the main entrance. Local design firm Citidec took advantage of the triangle-cylinder shaped building to create open-plan yet homey spaces for different experiences, including a library, restaurants, gym and chapel.
The 180 airy studio-style guest rooms and 40 apartments are all furnished with bespoke furniture in walnut and leather in a muted colour palette, designed and produced jointly with Shanghai-based Stellar Works.
In the basement are art exhibition and cultural spaces, an amphitheatre and a cinema. A year-round programme of events makes this more than simply a hotel: a true destination in the capital to meet, connect, discover and share experiences.